The representatives of employees and employers in the series and TV sector came together in the event “Employee and Employer Relations in Visual Arts: Workshop on Addressing Problems through Social Dialogue” organised by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and Ministry of Labor and Social Security. The event was hosted by Numan Özcan, Director of ILO Turkey Office and Mehmet Baş, Deputy Director-General of Labor of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security.
In the event held on 24 November in Istanbul, problems experienced in the sector and proposals of solutions were addressed in two panels by the presidents and officials of Actors Union, Cinema-TV Union and Sine-Sen and the presidents and representatives of TESIYAP and Advertisement Producers Association representing production firms as employers.
The event also hosted the representatives of various production firms and dubbing studios who discussed problems solved through social dialogue and successful examples in the sector. Discussed in detail were particularly the agreement governing the working hours in advertisement and the Netflix Base Wage Schedule agreement in dubbing.
In the last panel of the workshop hosted by Yekta Kopan, all participants exchanged views on problems and proposal for solutions. Discussions revealed fundamental problems such as long working hours, working status, wages, copyrights, and lack of social dialogue. While parties had varying views on such matters, they nevertheless agreed on the necessity to effectively deploy the method of social dialogue to resolve problems.